The largest gathering of wooden boats and enthusiasts in New England will converge June 28-30 at Mystic Seaport in Southeastern Connecticut for the annual WoodenBoat Show.
More than 100 traditional and classic wooden boats of every type will be on display, from hand-crafted kayaks, to mahogany runabouts, to classic sailboats and schooners.
A special feature this year will be six newly-built whaleboats for the 1841 whale ship Charles W. Morgan. The boats are part of a 10-boat national project to construct replica whaleboats to be carried onboard the ship on her 38th Voyage in 2014.
Organizations from around the country are building the 28-foot long open boats for Mystic Seaport. The boats at the show will be from the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia; New York City’s Rocking the Boat; Gannon & Benjamin Marine Railway of Vineyard Haven, Mass.; Beetle Boat Shop of Wareham, Mass.; the New Bedford Whaling Museum; the Great Lakes Boat Building School in Cedarville, Mich.; and The Apprenticeshop of Rockland, Maine.
The Apprenticeshop builders plan to sail and row their boat from Maine to Mystic over the course of five days.
During the weekend, the Morgan will be located on the Museum’s lift dock over the Mystic River in preparation for her launch on July 21. Visitors will be able to view the exposed hull and go on board.